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The Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC)

Training in Addiction Research

MUSC Researchers

The NARC is part of a comprehensive addiction training program at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to the NARC, the addiction training program is funded in part by institutional training grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, as well as by two other addiction research centers, the Alcohol Research Center and the Center for the Study of Women in Addiction.

Through all of these programs training in addiction research is provided to Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. candidates in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as to clinical fellows in translational addiction research. At present there are about 20 faculty in the Department of Neurosciences and Department of Psychiatry at MUSC engaged in addiction research who are involved in training approximately 15 graduate students, 22 postdoctoral fellows and 5 clinical fellows.

NIH Summer Research Program in Neuroscience

This is a 10 week summer program for undergraduate student which includes laboratory based research experiences, didactic lectures, professional skills development and social interactions. The program provides stipend, travel and housing allowance.

Research Emphasis Areas:

  • Neurobiological bases of cocaine relapse
  • Neurobiology of methamphetamine dependence
  • Sex and gender-related research in substance abuse
  • Stress and substance disorders

To apply for the NIH Summer Research Program in Neurosciences visit or contact Antonieta Lavin, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs, by email at


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